Danville City Council Approves Casino Entertainment District, New Language for Cannabis Distribution Facilities | New


A Caesars Virginia casino, which will be built on the former site of Dan River Inc. in Schoolfield, plays a major role in a booming real estate market in the neighborhood.

John R. Crane, Lee Journals

John R. Crane Lee Newspapers

DANVILLE, Virginia – Danville now has a casino entertainment district where Caesars Virginia plans to build its $ 400 million casino complex. The city also has language in its ordinance defining cannabis distribution facilities for the sale of medical marijuana.

Danville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to dezone 1100 W. Main St. in Schoolfield from MI Industrial Manufacturing to CE Casino Entertainment District.

The council also voted unanimously – after questions and lengthy discussions – to add a definition for cannabis distribution facilities at its meeting on Tuesday evening.

As for the casino, Caesars Virginia’s senior design and constriction director Mark Schlang told advisers the company will present the casino design to the board in the coming months.

Ceasars Virginia plans to build a casino at the former Dan River Inc. site in Schoolfield, at the West Main Street site.

In addition, the old 750,000-square-foot finishing building will be demolished, Schlang told the council.

“There are a lot of contaminants in the building,” Schlang told the Danville Register & Bee. “Lots of rusty rebar in the concrete. The cost of reclamation is prohibitive.

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